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DIBDIN (Rev. Thomas Frognal). The Bibliographical Decameron: or, Ten Days Pleasant Discourse upon Illuminated Manuscripts, and Subjects Connected with Early Engraving, Typography, and Bibliography.1817

London: Printed for the Author, by W. Bulmer and Co. Shakspeare Press, First Edition, 3 vols., 4to (250 x 155 mm), [6], vi, [2], ccxxv, [1], 410, [2]; [4], 535, [3]; [4], 544, [4]pp., with half-titles, 37 engraved plates (without the 'Presentation in the Temple' plate which was not ready at publication and occurs in only a very few copies), numerous woodcuts engraved vignettes, several printed in red or blue, some mounted, some light spotting and offsetting as usual, marbled endpapers, gilt tooled turn-ins, finely bound in contemporary full citron morocco, triple gilt filet border to covers, five raised bands, label in two compartments, others heavily floral tooled in gilt, all edges gilt, a very handsome set. "It is perhaps the most lavish of all Dibdin's works... Dibdin states that over £4500 was spent on its production, the composition alone amounting to six guineas a sheet. Its publication was a financial success and doubtless marks the high-water mark of the Dibdinian bibliomania. On the 9th of December 1817 Dibdin gave a dinner in celebration of the publication of this book to which he invited a dozen of his Roxburghe Club friends..."—Jackson. Jackson 40; Windle & Pippin A28.

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